Why do Vanderbilt home games against Florida sell out? I'd think Vanderbilt fans would be more interested in games against Tennessee but it sounds like those games don't sell out. Florida didn't even sell all the tickets allotted for this year's game. Are Gator fans in Tennessee buying tickets through Vanderbilt rather than through UF? I can see Tebow selling lots of tickets for the 2008 game but there's nothing especially interesting about this year's Gator team and Florida has already visited Tennessee this year to play the Vols.
1. Tony Barnhart says it’s possible a 12-1 Alabama team could miss out on the BCS title game. (Right now, Bama would probably be #5 in the BCS standings with #2 — in the polls — Oregon unranked and Florida — yes, Florida — ranked #1.) But don’t tell that to Gary Pinkel.
2. The family of a deceased North Carolina high school coach is happy Nick Saban took the time to recognize the man.
4. And the beat goes on. Arkansas running back Ronnie Wingo is now questionable for Saturday’s game with Kentucky.
5. And there’s another O-line issue at LSU as tackle Alex Hurst has missed practice time this week with “personal issues.”
6. Les Miles says uncalled holding penalties are a bigger threat to safety than no-huddle offenses.
7. Miles also says running back Spencer Ware could run a little Wildcat offense.
8. Mississippi State continues to be a puzzle: “Weird for MSU to have a two-touchdown, SEC road win and you don’t really know what to think about it.”
9. A big round of applause for State as they’ve locked in a season-opening game in Houston against Oklahoma State next year. (See? We’re not anti-MSU. We’re anti-cupcake scheduling.)
10. Ole Miss is getting leadership from its young defenders.
11. The Rebels expect to get receiver Korvic Neat back from injury this weekend.
12. Kevin Sumlin says high-scoring Louisiana Tech is “not going to be intimidated by (Texas A&M) one bit, and they shouldn’t be.”
13. Aggie sensation Johnny Manziel isn’t catching on with Heisman voters yet.
14. Florida’s conditioning is paying off late in ball games.
15. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is bouncing back from a loss to Carolina, embarrassingly bad treatment from some Bulldog fans, and news that his father has cancer. (I didn’t have time to chime in on the fan thing, but what a ridiculous showing by a what hopefully a small band of morons.)
16. Mark Richt on the loss to the Gamecocks: “It feels like three or four losses, but it’s only one.”
17. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is trying to stay grounded amidst the hype.
18. Folks in the Sunshine State remember Steve Spurrier’s previous media feuds. “I guess he has the clout and leverage to strike back at anybody who refuses to kiss his toenails.”
19. Backup quarterback Morgan Newton is earning praise at Kentucky for his attitude.
20. Less than 24 hours after having hip surgery, Derek Dooley was at Tennessee’s practice today in a golf cart… and coaching from the press box on Saturday, “nothing’s going to get disrupted other than my ability to look players in the eye.” (Anyone who’s had surgery — any surgery — knows that getting out and about within 24 hours takes some grit and some good pain meds.)
24. The Vols haven’t beaten an SEC team not named Kentucky or Vanderbilt on the road since a win at Mississippi State in 2007.
25. With Florida coming to town on Saturday, Vanderbilt has its first home sellout in four years.
26. James Franklin wants everyone to know that his Commodores have improved in 10 of 17 statistical categories this year. “It is reality. We’re getting better.”
27. Missouri receiver TJ Moe’s mouth made him the hit of SEC Media Days… now he’s trying to keep a stiff upper lip.
28. Forced into the starting lineup against #1 Alabama, quarterback Corbin Berkstresser promises: “This week I will be composed on every play.”
30. Who’s better Nick Saban or Steve Spurrier?
31. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer says he’ll “always be a Gator.”
32. SEC bowl projections, anyone?
33. Perhaps a midseason look at the SEC, too?
34. Legendary college football commentator Beano Cook died today at age 81.
35. LSU’s Johnny Jones is ready for his first season as the Tigers’ hoops coach.
36. Florida’s Billy Donovan wants Kenny Boynton to emerge as a leader.
37. John Calipari hopes his new Kentucky team learns from his last one: “The shared sacrifice on that team shows us all… that anything can be overcome if the team comes together and no one cares who gets the credit.”
38. ESPN.com’s Andy Katz says Ole Miss will have to do well in the conference ’cause their nonconference schedule is lame.
SIDENOTE – As you can see, I had to handle headlines, too, today so our stats/numbers pieces will go up a little later this afternoon/evening. Thanks for your patience.